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Recent research suggests that poorer children may be behaving rationally rather than impulsively in not delaying gratification as Mischel’s original study proposed
Oh Mr Mischel
What shall I do?
I’d like a mallow now
I won’t wait for two.
We’ve no jam today
Never mind tomorrow.
I eat a mallow when I can –
It’s difficult to swallow.
Oh Mr Mischel
I know what to do.
I want a mallow now
But I can wait for two.
My Daddy’s Mr Jam
Tomorrow Mr Mallow.
He’s sending workers home.
He’s sending me to Harrow.
Jeff Skinner is a retired librarian and trade union rep. His poems have appeared online the Stare’s Nest, Crowsfeet, Clear Poetry, Ground Poetry – as well as on a Guernsey bus. He was shortlisted in last year’s Wells Poetry Competition and he reads at Exeter Poets Uncut.
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